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Senator Cain. Thank you, Mr. Auld.
(Statement later received for the record from the Water Division, District of Columbia :)
1938: No increase in number of permanent employees or salaries paid over 1:37. Increase of operating cost of $126,300 due to replacement of automotive equipment costing $7,800 and expansion of metering program to the extent of $120.000. .I reduction of $3,500 in refunding erroneous water-rent payments was also effected.
1939: Increase in permanent personnel of two employees transferred from per diem status, $5,500, for betterment of service. Corresponding reduction made in over-all operating costs on projects from which transferred. Increase in operating costs of $5,400 due to replacement of automotive equipment.
1940: Permanent personnel increased by transfer of 20 per diem meter readers to annual pay status for betterment of service, increase of $29,310. Corresponding decrease made in over-all operating costs. Increased operating costs results from replacement of automotive equipment, rental of billing equipment and electrical rewiring.
1941-43 : During these war years operating costs were held to essentials only. There was no increase in personnel, and operating costs were from $40,000 to in excess of $100,000 under 1910 costs. Diversion of peacetime manufacture to prosecution of war was retlected in both material and labor shortages with resulting curtailed activities with steadily increasing costs of both labor and materials.
1944: Permanent personnel increased by transfer from per diem status of six steam engineers and one telephone operator for betterment of service. Corresponding decrease made in over-all operating costs of project from which transferred. Project of replacing water mains curtailed by $100,000 and new projects for waste survey, and cleaning and lining mains authorized in the amount of $25,000 each. An additional $25,000 for this year only was authorized for emergency war-protective activities.
1945: Permanent personnel increased by three positions in connection with the reorganization of the Office of Water Registrar. These positions consisted of Assistant to Water Registrar, cashier, and accountant. These additions, together with the operation of Public Law 49 (overtime pay), account for increase in cost of permanent personnel. Additional funds were also authorized to cover per diem wage revisions in line with Public Law 49 in the amount of $52,700; for replacement of old mains, $25,000; and for cleaning and lining trunk mains, $100,000.
1946: Increases over 1945 consist of salary increases in accordance with Public Law 106 approximating $35,000, per diem wage revisions in line with same law approximating $33,000; replacement of equipment, $24,000; installing water meters, $16,000; replacement work, $75,000; and a decrease of $25,000 in cleaning and lining water mains.
Mr. BATEs. Now, General Young, we are getting pretty near to closing. Do you have anybody else you would like to have make a statement here?
General Young. Would you like to hear from the Department of Vehicles and Traffic or the Department of Building Inspection?
Senator Cain. We have so little time remaining this morning, Mr. Bates and General Young, that I would say if you think they have something to contribute, as probably they have, that we ought to pay them the courtesy of a longer period beginning when next we meet, because they could no more than introduce their subject, and we would be finished.
General Young. Their expenditures are not great compared with these departments you have heard from.
Mr. Bates. They could probably make a very quick summary of what they have to say here and just clean up your departments altogether.
General YOUNG. Yes.
Mr. FOWLER. Mr. Chairman, there are a great number of other small departments, and you told me the other day that you did not think that you would need any of these little ones if I prepared a similar statement over a 10-year period.
Senator Cain. Just a 1-page statement.
Mr. FOWLER. And those you have not heard from we will give you a 1-page statement for the period covering the 10 years.
Senator Cain. I would ask then that those who care, come to the table and give us a definition of their problems.
General Young. This is Mr. Keneipp, who is the Director of Vehicles and Traffic.
STATEMENT OF GEORGE E. KENEIPP, DIRECTOR OF VEHICLES AND
TRAFFIC OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, D. C.
Mr. KENEIPP. Mr. Chairman, the Department of Vehicles and Traffic performs two major functions: First those which are ordinarily performed by a State commissioner of motor vehicles permits, tags, title, and operating permits, and here we also have a districtoperated inspection system.
Secondly, those functions usually performed by the office of a municipal traffic engineer. We obtain our support entirely from the highway fund, and all of the revenue which we collect in the department from the sale of permits, tags, titles, inspection fees, parking meter fees, and what not, incidentally exceed our expenditures by more than a million dollars a year, and are also earmarked for the highway fund.
In 1937 our budget was $157,640. That was composed of the following items: For personal services $74,640; for per diem labor, $25,000; and all other expenditures, $58,000, of which $20,000 is the cost of manufacturing our license tags.
In 1947 we had increased that to $319,919 for personal services; $70,919 for per diem labor, and $195,243 for all other expenditures.
The percentages of these increases are noted in the right-hand column.
Principal reasons for the increases—the major one, of course, Public Law 431, Seventy-fifth Congress, approved February 18, 1938, the compulsory mechanical inspection of motor vehicles, requiring the construction and maintenance of two testing stations, and employment of 55 persons. Our 1947 estimate for the cost of operating the stations, the two stations, is $142,156. An annual inspection of motor vehicles is required by law as a condition of registration.
In 1942 there was approved Pubļic Law 454, Seventy-seventh Congress, known as the Motor Vehicle Parking Facility Act of 1942, for personal services and other expenditures—that is a relatively small operation-four employees, the 1947 estimate being $12,734.
For the past several years Congress has appropriated an annual item of $20,000 for the promotion of traffic safety education in the District. That involves the employment of only two people.
The purchase of parking meters—in 1947 is estimated to cost $27,140. The meters are, of course, a profitable operation. I mean, the highway fund gets back a good deal more than it costs for the meters.
Addition of 20 per diem laborers to maintain the traffic-control de. vices was made necessary by the city's growth. In 1947 the estimated cost was $45,990.
For increases in compensation resulting from Public Law 106, $53,628; for the employment of 24 additional annual employees to take care of increased public services, for operator's permit examinations, permit issuance, permit revocations and suspensions, and traffic engineering, purchase of traffic-control devices, reallocation of positions, within-grade promotions and the over-all increase in cost of supplies, $126,861.
That accounts generally for the total increase in cost over 1937.
In 1937 there were 43 annual and 18 per diem jobs. In 1947, there are 126 annual and 38 per diem jobs.
I have also prepared a brief statement of services furnished the Federal Government at no cost by the Department. The total amo nt of these services we estimate to be valued at from thirty to thirty-five thousand dollars per year.
Mr. BATEs. You are collecting them all together?
Senator Cain. We will study these figures and estimates that you have submitted.
One question I would like to ask, how many parking meters do you use in the city?
Mr. KENEIPP. At the present time about 700. Senator Cain. About 700. Is it your intention on the basis of what you have seen to have more meters?
Mr. KENEIPP. Our program calls for eventual extension of the metered area, to include all of zones 1 and 2 of the business area, which would require a total of about 2,000 meters, or 1,300 more than we now have, and then to install 1,000 additional meters on streets in secondary business areas.
areas. This could be about 3,000 altogether. Senator Cain. Adequate meters are now available?
Mr. KENEIPP. They seem to be. We have bids out now for meters authorized under the current appropriation act.
Senator Cain. Thank you.
General Young. I have several other departments requested here, Mr. Chairman, but while they are extremely important to the District, their expenditures are relatively small because they are of a supervisory nature. If it is satisfactory with the committee, I would suggest that their data be combined with the others that Mr. Fowler is going to present to you.
Senator Cain. Then, are we led to believe that when we have that information and data introduced that we shall have covered all the
departments that you were desirous of having heard before this committee?
Commissioner Mason. That is right. We have a lot of independent boards which are self-sustaining, and there is no need of hearing those, because there is no appropriation involved.
Mr. Bates. We have a complete tabulation of your expenditures, Mr. Commissioner, from 1937, and including 1937, and including the estimate in the budget of 1948, together with a break-down of number of personnel in every department of the District government, and the expenditures for personnel in each one of those years prepared by the District Auditor, and we are making that a part of the permanent l'ecord. It will be a very fine record for you to have also when you are through with it.
Commissioner Mason. Those figures are available in the budget office.
Mr. BATEs. Yes; and I wish to say that both the Commissioners anul your department heads all the way down through have been very cooperative in presenting all the information that we have desired. and we are very deeply appreciative because it gives us an opportunity to make a study of all we have to say in regard to the matter, and it is quite important to us to know in anticipation of what disposition we ought to make of these pending tax bills.
Commissioner Mason. I was going to ask, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Bates, on that question, how do you intend to handle that?
Senator Cain. The individual bills, you mean?
Senator Cain. My suggestion is that we encourage those who want to be heard on the general subject of taxation for the District to be here first. It will not take very long but, in my opinion, it would be a valuable contribution, particularly because a number of people have spent a lot of time in studying the situation and they are deserving of being heard.
Disposing of that, it would be my suggestion, if Mr. Bates concurred, that we would then hold hearings on individual tax revenue bills.
Commissioner Mason. On individual bills?
Mr. BATES. I was going to suggest, Mr. Chairman, that now that the department heads are all through with their testimony, that we have at least, say, 1 day set aside for civic organizations or such individuals who wish to present brief statements in regard to any suggestion they may have or complaint they may have relative to the administration of the work of the District.
Commissioner MASON. I feel I do not know how the other Commissioner's feel about that-but I feel that the citizens should have their day and should be here without the presence of the Commissioners, and let them go as far as they want.
Mr. B.XTES. That is right.
Senator Caix. Well, it always has been our general intention so to proceed. But with reference to the absence of the Commissioners, I should like to say with regard to Mr. Bates and myself that you are are always welcome.
Commissioner Mason. We will hold ourselves available but I do not want to have the citizens tell you that they cannot take a dig at us because we are present.